McGuinty Government Increases Access To Long-Term Care Beds In London Area

    New Beds Will Bring 450 Jobs To The Region

    ONEIDA NATION OF THE THAMES, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government
is moving forward to strengthen health care services for First Nations by
awarding a total of 64 new long-term care home beds at the Oneida Nation of
the Thames, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced
    "Our government is working hard to meet the needs of people living on
reserves," said Smitherman. "This new direction and partnership with Oneida
will ensure residents are consistently receiving high quality long-term care
in a home like environment."
    Today's announcement is part of total investment of $45.6 million to
develop 608 long-term beds in London. The distribution of beds awarded is as

    -   The Homewood Corporation - 192 beds
    -   PeopleCare Inc. - 160 beds
    -   Henley Place Ltd. - 192 beds
    -   Oneida Nation of the Thames - 64 beds

    The new beds are expected to open by the end of 2010.
    "We are delighted the government is moving forward with this new
investment to ensure needed long-term care beds are developed for the
residents of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)," said
Norm Gamble, Chair of the South West LHIN.
    "We are committed to our elders and their families," said Joel Abram,
Acting Chief of Oneida Nation of the Thames. "Today's announcement will help
us provide a caring and comfortable environment in our own long-term care
home. Our community is dedicated to this new facility and this unique
partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in improving the quality of life for long-term care
residents. Other initiatives include:

    -   Providing residents with more nutritious food by increasing the food
        allowance by 33.6% since July 2003
    -   Funding 6,100 new front-line staff, including 2,300 nurses
    -   Redeveloping 35,000 older long-term care beds over the next 10 years
        to ensure equitable access to quality long-term care home

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at: under the News Media section.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; A.G. Klei, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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